Column: Cut down on the clutter: Kitchen storage ideas

Clever compartments in your kitchen can help de-clutter. (Submitted photo)

Clever compartments in your kitchen can help de-clutter. (Submitted photo)

Clutter is a major problem in many kitchens, and it’s easy to see why. Walk down the aisle of any department store and you’ll see rows and rows of kitchen appliances and tools that help with almost any kitchen task you can imagine. But the question becomes…where can you store all of your kitchen gadgets so they don’t get in the way or take over your counter-top space? Luckily, there are some creative storage innovations that you can use to store your appliance and other kitchen supplies so that the space remains open, clutter-free and ready for entertaining.

The first step to creating enough storage for your kitchen begins with cabinetry design. Creating more built-in storage means your kitchen will appear more spacious, inviting and tidy. Check out some of these ideas, which offer appliance storage solutions that will cut down on clutter, and leave your kitchen easy-to-navigate.

  • Appliance Garage– These handy storage spots are incorporated into your cabinetry design. Inside, you can store microwaves, toasters, mixers, juicers and or other small appliances inside, so that they are out of sight when not in use. Frequently, they are built near an outlet so that the appliances can be plugged in and used with ease.
  • Appliance Drawers– A deep drawer can be renovated and rewired to become an appliance drawer. The benefit to using drawers to house appliances is that they can be stored already assembled, which will save you a lot of effort and time. You can even renovate the drawers so that they become small appliances themselves.
  • Shelving Options– Within your cabinetry, try installing lazy-susans, pullout shelves, or deep drawers to house your small appliances. It’s easier to access heavier appliances if they are stored in drawers that aren’t low to the ground.

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